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Can short-term exposure to PVC smell (30-45 minutes) cause harm to a developing fetus?

Can short-term exposure to PVC smell (30-45 minutes) cause harm to a developing fetus?

Not just 1 sniff: Repeated exposure to PVC aerosol in pregnancy has not been shown to cause fetal abnormality or miscarriage. However it's not good for you & not enough is known to be comfortable with doing it in pregnancy. Just using a hairspray is probably ok but there are no conclusive studies of safety in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Insecticides (Definition)

Insecticides are chemical poisons used to kills insects. Many insecticides are also dangerous to humans when inhaled or ...Read more


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Will exposure to anthrax harm my child?

Will exposure to anthrax harm my child?

Yes: Anthrax is a serious illness. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anthrax/ds00422. ...Read more

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Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!

Does using bug sprays right before pregnancy potentially harm sperm & egg and harm the fetus? Heard it may cause brain cancer to unborn baby. Thanks!

No: It is unlikely to remain in your system very long after exposure. Some bug sprays are considered unsafe in pregnancy, but the risks are low. What is more, certain insect-born illnesses are potentially more harmful, so you'll have to weigh your risks and benefits based on your location. I usually recommend deet-free bug sprays. ...Read more

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Does paternal exposure to methotrexate cause any danger to the baby? Please, need some answers?

Does paternal exposure to methotrexate cause any danger to the baby? Please, need some answers?

See details: What do you mean by 'paternal exposure'? If the person is currently taking methotrexate, it is advised that he stop it for 3 months prior to attempting to conceive. ...Read more

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How can parsely be harmful to an unborn baby?

How can parsely be harmful to an unborn baby?

Contractions: It is avoided in pregnancy for two reasons, and both relate to large amounts, not amounts you would normally find on your dinner plate. First, parsley oil can stimulate contractions and historically was used as a first attempt abortive/inductive herb. Second, large amounts can lead to changes in fetal hemoglobin. While you do not have to avoid it in foods, avoid parsley oil and large amounts. ...Read more

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9mos pregnant. Is it safe for me to be using wood stain to stain the baby crib or will it cause harm to the baby?

9mos pregnant. Is it safe for me to be using wood stain to stain the baby crib or will it cause harm to the baby?

Ventilation: Using most paints and stains while pregnant is generally safe as long as it is done in a well ventilated space. hope this helps. ...Read more

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How can a cat be harmful to pregnancy and the unborn child? And how to avoid the potential diseases.

How can a cat be harmful to pregnancy and the unborn child? And how to avoid the potential diseases.

Toxoplasmosis : This organism is primarily concentrated in the cat feces. If applicable, don't change the litter. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for babies to be exposed to lead paint?

Is it dangerous for babies to be exposed to lead paint?

Yes: Children are generally tested for lead exposure at 12 months and again at 5 years. Houses built before 1950 generally have lead paint and if you live in one its a good idea to test the walls for lead exposure. Babies, especially when they become mobile, will eat paint chips and even a little lead may build up over time and can cause problems. Make sure your dr knows the age of your house. ...Read more

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How many exposures to asbestos does it take for it to be harmful enough to cause cancer? 1 exposure years ago probably wouldn't cause any ill effect

How many exposures to asbestos does it take for it to be harmful enough to cause cancer?
1 exposure years ago probably wouldn't cause any ill effect

See answer: Exposure to asbestos for just a few days has caused mesothelioma . If you were working in an area with asbestos dust and you were not wearing a special fitted respirator you are at risk. In the U.S. levels of asbestos exposure are strictly regulated. See: http://bit.ly/1Kmjxoz and http://1.usa.gov/1RWiJcu ...Read more

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How much harm can amnio cause the fetus?

How much harm can amnio cause the fetus?

Amniocentesis: An amniocentesis has a small chance of causing a pregnancy loss. That loss is dependent upon the gestational age when the procedure is done. At 16-20 weeks that risk is about 1 in 1600 procedures. As the pregnancy progresses that risk goes way down. In the third trimester an amniocentesis won't cause the pregnancy to be lost, but the baby might need to be delivered. ...Read more

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Can my pets transmit infections that might be harmful to me and the baby during pregnancy?

Can my pets transmit infections that might be harmful to me and the baby during pregnancy?

Yes: Toxoplasmosis, most commonly acquired from cat litter boxes is the most common/concerning. You should let other members of your household handle this job throughout your pregnancy. ...Read more

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How long does exposure to paint kill brain cells?

How long does exposure to paint kill brain cells?

Paint: Some types of paint contain volatile organic compounds which can be carcinogenic. The major product that I am aware of that can specifically injure the brain is lead based paint (eating or inhaling small chips). ...Read more

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How long do you have to be exposed to some back mold around air vents to cause serious health problems? Can it cause death?

How long do you have to be exposed to some back mold around air vents to cause serious health problems? Can it cause death?

This mold: is common and steps to eliminate it should be taken HOWEVER this kind of mold is seldom AIRBORNE and can produce ALLERGIC symptomatology in susceptible individuals! IT DOES NOT KILL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How dangerous is bpa and how to avoid exposure?

How dangerous is bpa and how to avoid exposure?

Ltd danger - unknown: Use of bpa & human exposure is so very low that it is impossible to determine extent or risk at this point in time. Studies completed are not conclusive enough to demand withdrawal. Studies show micro doses are metabolized and excreted from the body very quickly, limiting potential damage. Avoidance in packaging, etc. Is very difficult to control. ...Read more

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It is harmful if we want to color our hair while pregnant ? Can that harm the baby?

It is harmful if we want to color our hair while pregnant ? Can that harm the baby?

Controversial: While this has not been studied, please consider hair color you can buy at a health food store. They are no organic hair dyes, but there are vegetable-based dyes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be exposed to lead paint while pregnant?

Is it safe to be exposed to lead paint while pregnant?

Please don't: Lead is very toxic to the nerves and to the brain. In adults it usually just causes injury to the peripheral nerves. In infants and children it can cause severe injury to brain cells. Infants crawling on and chewing on paint chips have developed brain swelling to the point of death. Children exposed to gas fumes with lead show learning problems. Do not take chances. ...Read more

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